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World Glaucoma Day

Join us in raising awareness and helping prevent vision loss from glaucoma!
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March 12
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Mark your calendar for World Glaucoma Day on March 12th and join us in raising awareness about this eye disease that can cause irreversible blindness. This day was established in 2008 by the World Glaucoma Association to help spread knowledge and understanding of the condition, its diagnosis, treatment, and management. It's also a great opportunity to show support for those living with glaucoma, offering comfort and hope that there are treatments available to help them maintain their vision. So don't miss out – let's all come together on this day to increase knowledge and awareness of glaucoma!

History of World Glaucoma Day

World Glaucoma Day Dates

World Glaucoma Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>400 BC</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Early Recognition</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first known description of glaucoma symptoms was made by the ancient Greeks, although the disease was not yet named.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1857</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Glaucoma Surgery</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first successful surgery for glaucoma, known as iridectomy, was performed by Albrecht von Graefe.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1970</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Laser Trabeculoplasty</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first use of Laser trabeculoplasty was introduced as a treatment for open-angle glaucoma, providing a less invasive option for patients.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2006</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>World Glaucoma Association</div><div class='timeline-text'>World Glaucoma Association was formed to enhance the dissemination of knowledge among glaucoma specialists across the world.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2008</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First World Glaucoma Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first World Glaucoma Day was held to raise awareness about glaucoma, known as “the silent thief of sight", due to its subtle onset.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate World Glaucoma Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Research glaucoma</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take some time to learn about glaucoma. Read articles, watch videos, and talk to your doctor about the condition. The more you know about glaucoma, the better prepared you'll be to help others.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Spread awareness</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Share information about glaucoma with your family and friends. Posting on social media or starting a conversation in person can help bring attention to the condition.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Schedule an eye exam</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Encourage your loved ones to get their eyes checked by an optometrist or ophthalmologist. Early detection is key for treating glaucoma.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Donate to a charity</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Make a contribution to a research organization or charity that focuses on understanding and treating glaucoma.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Host an event</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Organize a fundraiser or educational event to increase awareness of glaucoma and raise money for research.</p></div></div>

Why World Glaucoma Day is Important

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Raises awareness</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>World Glaucoma Day is an important event that raises awareness about glaucoma - a potentially sight-threatening eye condition. The goal is to raise public awareness of the disease and educate people on its causes, symptoms, and treatment options.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Can lead to early diagnosis</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>By educating people about glaucoma, World Glaucoma Day can lead to early diagnosis and treatment of the condition. Early diagnosis and treatment can slow down or even prevent further vision loss. It also allows for timely lifestyle changes to be made due to any new challenges associated with living with glaucoma.</p></div></div>

5 Eye-Opening Facts about World Glaucoma Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Glaucoma is the Second Leading Cause of Blindness Globally</h3><p class='facts-content'>According to the World Health Organization, glaucoma accounts for 8% of global blindness, making it the second most common cause after cataracts.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There is no Cure for Glaucoma</h3><p class='facts-content'>At present, glaucoma cannot be reversed, and vision loss from the disease cannot be recovered. Thus, prevention and early detection are crucial.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>There are Different Types of Glaucoma</h3><p class='facts-content'>Glaucoma isn't just one disease. There are multiple types including open-angle glaucoma, angle-closure glaucoma, and normal-tension glaucoma, each with its own characteristics.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>People of all Ages can Develop Glaucoma</h3><p class='facts-content'>Despite being more common in older adults, glaucoma can appear at any age. Even infants can be born with the condition, known as congenital glaucoma.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Exercise can Reduce the Risk of Glaucoma</h3><p class='facts-content'>Moderate exercise may help prevent glaucoma by reducing eye pressure. Studies suggest that even low-intensity exercises like walking or jogging can help lower intraocular pressure.</p></div></div>

World Glaucoma Day FAQs

When is World Glaucoma Day?

World Glaucoma Day is celebrated on March 12 every year. In 2024 World Glaucoma Day will occur on a Tuesday.

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